Old Photos

Contributed by Howard Allen.  Thanks, Howard!

The Allen Cafe in Dahlgren, IL

Allen's Cafe 
Dahlgren, Hamilton Co., IL

Nella (Nell) Allen, standing second from right.
Nell owned half of the store until sometime near the 
end of Word War II.  She sold her half to
O. E. (Petie) Allen.

The photo was probably taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

This photo of Allen's Cafe was probably taken in the late 1930s, but
certainly before World War II since the tobacco case is full of 
packaged cigarettes.

Standing left: Robert Cross
Leaning by the water cooler: Omar E. (Petie) Allen
Behind the counter: Nell Allen.

Allen's Cafe
Photo taken probably 1942.

From left to right: Wayne Starr (of Starr Brothers Bottling Co. and Creamery in Mt. Vernon), 
Elmer Irvin and Leslie Miller.  

Omar E. (Petie) Allen in standing behind the counter at the water cooler.


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